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Snapshot 07.23.14

23 Jul

- We have had such an eventful week, I almost don’t know where to begin. How about with our trip to the ER?

- Anthony came home from work on Friday with some symptoms of what looked like food poisoning or the stomach flu. When things progressed rapidly I compared his symptoms to a checklist of symptoms for appendicitis, he had all of them and only seemed to be getting worse. A friend of mine just had an appendectomy only three weeks ago and the experience was fresh in my mind, so I really wanted to believe this wasn’t appendicitis, but we couldn’t take the chance because it is so dangerous. Even thought it was late and we gave them no warning, the Walton’s didn’t hesitate to take care of the kids while we drove to the hospital. The doctor there was kind and also very concerned it was appendicitis so Anthony after some blood work he had a CT scan. We waited and waited and all I could think about is how we were just here, in nearly the same position, not even a year ago for Anthony’s shoulder. That time ended in surgery and I was so afraid this time would, too. We were so relieved to find out that it wasn’t appendicitis but a severe case of gastroenteritis. We were also lucky to find out that he has an abnormality with his appendix that we wouldn’t have found out another way, and this could cause an actual case of appendicitis to be fatal. Now we know what to look for.

- Gastroenteritis is very similar to many of the symptoms I experience from Crohn’s on a daily basis, so I am very familiar with how to treat it. On the way home from the hospital I told Anthony that he was stepping in on my territory because I had Crohn’s disease before it was cool. He then thanked me, because I basically just told him that Crohn’s is cool now because he has it. It’s true–I’m certainly not doing Crohn’s any coolness favors.

- The next day we were all exhausted: me from worry and sleep deprivation, Anthony from sickness, and Isobel from a wild and crazy night playing with Kingston. While at the Walton’s Isobel asked Angela for a pair of shorts to wear under her too-short superhero costume. When Angela broke the news that Kingston didn’t have any pink shorts, Isobel sighed and said, “Well, I could take red then.” Unfortunately, all Kingston had were green or blue so she settled for some dark plaid board shorts. My Mom stopped by in the morning to help out with the kids so I could recover and ended up taking Isobel to a luncheon program at their church. Isobel wore her Easter dress from two years ago, which was kind of short, so naturally she paired it with… Kingston’s board shorts.

- You may have noticed Kingston has a large cast on one of his legs. He recently had surgery to correct a clubbed foot–a condition he was born with. Once that cast is off he is looking forward to running super fast and using his new skateboard like a big kid. In the meantime, we all signed it and our artist friend Dave decorated it with a Jolly Rodger and a ship from Star Wars.

- The fair is in town which means Isobel ate a giant ice cream for dinner and we took our traditional photo on top of the mushroom stool. I have taken a photo of her (and also Kingston) on top of that stool each year we’ve been to the fair, and the year they don’t put them out anymore is the year I cry in the middle of the tent exhibit. Grandma Juani bought Isobel an unlimited ride bracelet and she made the most of it while I wore Elias in the Ergo. We didn’t get into bed until almost midnight that night, and Isobel was so tired she literally fell asleep mid-sentence. One of the things we do every night before bed is talk about our favorite part of the previous day. Isobel got as far as “My favorite part of the day was going on rides and…” She just went silent. It was hilarious.

- Little Big reader Barbara generously offered me her ticket to Blogher since she will be unable to attend. I am blown over by her generosity, and although money’s tight, contemplated going just for the day with a friend since this year the conference is held in San Jose. That’s the closest it will probably ever be to me, and since there’s no way I can afford a ticket otherwise, it seemed like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Unfortunately it is the same weekend as the Mommy & Me reading class I signed Isobel up for, as well as two parties we’d like to attend. I’d like to thank Barbara once again for thinking of be and having an incredibly generous spirit.

- As of yesterday, Isobel is now sick, too. So, fun times over here, that’s for sure.

Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.

Snapshot 07.16.14. Probably a really great burrito.

Little Big Kitchen: How to Prepare Artichoke. Mystery solved.

Thrifted Closet: Brown Dress, Orange Shirt. Comfortable, yet non-frumpy.

Scrapbook: Elias’ First Swim. Bonus: underwater thumbs-up from Isobel.

Little Big Collection: Glasses Cases. The best of vintage and handmade.

Follow Friday: Reflections. My love letter to the internet.

How to Breast-Feed Properly. This article has coined the phrase “breastgina” for me. Via

Breaking Cat News. New fave webcomic. Via

“Daughter asked what to draw; I said “A catastrophe.” She drew me a cat ass trophy.” Brilliant. Creative. Accurate.Via 

Ikea partners with animal shelters to give dogs a home. Via

“I thought this was Deanna Troi at an Enterprise Computer.” I did, too! Via

“Thanks, Spellcheck. You have the best ideas.” Via

A Japanese baseball team warms up with Quidditch. Via

Scrapbook: The Necklaces. Unfortunately for Zorro, it’s dress-up time.

Dollar Store Chairs. Little Isobel and Little Kingston are making me all verklempt.

Things that have happened since I quit my job. Baby(ish) Isobel was hilarious.

Patriotic Thrift Store Gore. The best of the worst. America.

Scrapbook: Library Story Time. She’s a regular.

Follow Friday: Horticulture. My love letter to the internet.

Home Movies: Sing Sing Sing. Dancing through life.


Snapshot 07.16.14

16 Jul

- This was one of my pregnancy shots from last year. Or I just ate a really great burrito.

- Isobel has always been strong-willed and spirited, but lately she’s taken it to a whole new level. I almost lost my cool with her last week. She had been whiny and throwing tantrums and fighting me all day and I was just done. I could feel my patience dissolving and I didn’t think I could make it to dinner without screaming so I called my Mom in a fit of desperation. Luckily she understood and took Isobel off my hands for a couple hours, long enough for me to cool down and reset my resolve.  I was so frustrated. I felt like such a terrible parent. My Mom told me that when she had days like this she also called her Mother, who, if she was around, would come over and watch us to give my Mom a break. The best part is that Grandma would turn her hearing aids down so that she could weather our screeches and whines with immunity.

- The next day, while I was fixing Isobel lunch she looked at me and said, “You take such good care of me. Both of you. Why do you take such good care of me?” I was floored. I was beyond floored. Totally speechless. I had spent all day yesterday feeling like such a crap parent. I felt like she must hate me.  It was like something out of a movie. I just looked at her, peanut butter dripping off the knife I was using to make her a sandwich, while she sat on a stool in the kitchen. It was just what I needed.

- Isobel has been wearing her superhero costume pretty much constantly. Along with a cape, mask, and sash that she uses as a hero lasso, the main component of the outfit is a thrifted ballerina dress that she’s had since she was two and barely fits over her head anymore. It’s velveteen and long sleeved and she’s insisted on wearing it every day even though it’s been well over a hundred degrees all week. If she’s not in her hero costume she’s either in her underwear or a bathing suit–her other favorite outfits when the weather is warm. When not in use she keeps her superhero costume under her pillow so no one knows her secret identity.

- When Grandma heard Isobel say she she wanted to fight crime, Grandma told her she thought that job was too dangerous for Isobel. So Isobel came home from their house and said, “Mama, can you tell Grandma I can handle it?”

- My health has been as unreliable as the weather. One day I’ll be bedridden, the next I’ll be running errands and doing laundry. I get sick during some portion of every day, but on the good days it recedes enough for me to feel like more than my illness. Other days I feel like nothing but my illness. Those are the bad days, when it affects me mentally as well as physically.

- We’ve been getting so much use out of the Ergo you sent us, Andi! I can’t thank you enough. I think it might be Elias’ current favorite carrier.

- Caitlin of Belong With Wildflowers is featuring the Little Big Shop on her blog and Facebook this month. I’m so honored you thought of me, Caitlin! Speaking of the shop, I’m in the midst of planning a huge shop update now that things with the kids are settling down a bit. My mom is going to start watching Isobel for a couple of hours a week and Stef promised to come over and have girl time while I took photos and uploaded items. I’m excited to get back into the swing of things after so much time off!

- Elias is practically sitting up by himself at this point. How did this happen! Mr Wonderful needs to slow down. Mama’s heart can’t keep up.

Follow Friday: Reflection. Funnier than an accidental nut shot.

Scrapbook: Nicknames for Elias. He goes but many names in this house.

Snapshot 07.09.14. Isobel’s Mii, our first swim tradition, and my literal empty nest syndrome.

Scrapbook: Isobel’s Fifth Birthday. Proof that it’s a party as long as your best friends (and cake) are there.

Scrapbook: Home Life. Ten photos of home.

Little Big Collections: Pencils. I’m going to make you excited about pencils. Really.

Follow Friday: Summer Explosions. My love letter to the internet.

Recovery guy, you had one job. Sometimes I have days that feel like this.

Never give up. Same. Via

Heavy Metal Goat. Via

Not to be outdone by Heavy Metal Goat. Via

Llama is also pretty metal.

Happy 150th B-day Yosemite! A TED Talk on Galen Clark and Yosemite. Via

Limp Bizkit vs Thomas the Tank Engine. I cried. Via

You can trust us. It feels normal. The five stages of Lumosity. Via

Sneak peek at the first computer designed by Urban Outfitters.

How Tumblr celebrates soccer. I had no idea the game was so interesting! Via

Have these guys been taking notes on how 5 year olds react to injuries?  Called up to heaven. So, so dead. To the hearse, pronto. Last breath. Double amputee. RIP. Via

Unwittingly, he trained a dolphin to kill the present of the United States. Hollywood, can we get a reboot? Via

Calming Manatee is here for you, bro. Via

NDGT face, you guys. Via

Hungry children in need. “School’s out–>hungry kids are missing daily hot meals as a result–>you can help mind the gap for as little as $1″ Via

New favorite hashtag. Via

Scrapbook: Isobel’s First Kitten. The first time she held a kitten, obviously not her last.

Home Movies: Washing the Pachas. She was taking her bottle-washing very seriously. Guest starring crazy bedhead.

Scrapbook: Justin’s Birthday. Anthony and Scott have a Wizard’s Duel. Kingston is the tiniest ever.

Scrapbook: San Jose Children’s Museum. Isobel: “Jesus, take the wheel! I’ll BRB.”

Flipbook: Kiss. She’s always had those lashes.

Thrifty Giving: His & Hers Terrariums. Terrariums make easy and inexpensive gifts.

My Cat is a Shape Shifter and a Magician. This still boggles my mind.

Thrifty Living: Water Painting. Isobel’s cousin’s still ask to do this when they come over.

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